The twin-track railway that will connect the provinces of Tete and Zambezia in Mozambique will be 120 kilometres longer than initially expected, under an addendum to the original contract signed on Friday between the Government of Mozambique and Thai Mozambique Logistic.
The initial route for the railway covered a distance of 500 kilometres between Moatize and Macuse, but, in order to accommodate the interests of mining companies operating in the interior of Tete province of Tete, an agreement was reached to extend the railway by another 120 kilometres, to reach Chitima and Macuse.
The addendum to the agreement for the construction of the 620-kilometre railway between Chitima and Macuse was signed by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, and by the Chief Executive of Thai Mozambique Logistic, José Pires da Fonseca, in the presence of members of the provincial government of Zambezia and entrepreneurs.
Mesquita said that the construction of the railway would begin in the second half of 2019, enabling the construction of the deep-water port, an anchor project that will help develop the economy of Zambezia province and boost the development of the Zambezia corridor, linking this province to the countries of the African interior.
Construction of the Chitima-Macuse railway and the deep-water is estimated to cost US$2.7 billion.
This twin-track railway line will be built by a consortium made up of Portuguese construction group Mota-Engil and by the China National Complete Engineering Corporation, according to a press release published in June this year by the Portuguese group.
The China National Complete Engineering Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the China Machinery Engineering Corporation, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. This project is the largest in the Portuguese group’s history and the first consortium (50/50) between Portuguese and Chinese companies. (macauhub)